Kid Nepro has released Korg Kronos Volume #10 – Vintage Synths 2, a new collection of sounds for the Kronos HD-1 sound engine.
Vintage Synths 2 contains 373 Megs of new multi samples with a wide assortment of classic analog basses, leads, pads, strings and killer synths that have that vintage analog sound that many musicians pay big bucks for – now at a fraction of the cost – Only $69.
The best thing about sampling vintage analog synths into the Kronos is that we have then added all the amazing Kronos effects and real time controls to create a mix of super analog synths on steroids. All programs and combis include full KARMA functions and drum track as well as control assignments to the Kronos Joystick, Vector Stick, SW1 & SW2 and User Knobs 5-8. The result is the best analog sound with the best modern controls that will inspire you to create amazing new music.
Kronos Vintage Synths 2 is perfect for your next studio recording or live gig. Or if you just want to jam along, the cool KARMA grooves included on all 64 Programs & 16 Combis will have you jamming for hours.
The library is available to purchase for $69 USD.
More information: Kid Nepro / Kronos Vintage Synths 2
Dark Side of the Tune has released Volca Beast II, a free sound library featuring the sound of Korg’s Volca Beats analog drum machine with expanded sonic capabilities.
The Volca Beats was put through boutique sound processing to create even more depth and range. From quick thumpy sounds for techno and like genres, to beefy Hip-Hop style rhythms, Volca Beast can easily fit into most productions.
Samples labeled with a lower-case letter after them are multi-samples. This gives you the choice of randomizing each hit so you keep some of the analog integrity.
All sounds are offered in 16 and 24 bit resolution, 44.1kHz wave files.
The sample pack is a free download at the Dark Side of the Tune SoundCloud page.
More information: Dark Side of the Tune / Volca Beast II
Full Bucket Music has released Nabla, a free string synthesizer instrument for Windows.
The Nabla is a VST™2.4 software instrument for Microsoft Windows® simulating the KORG Delta DL-50 Strings Synthesizer from 1979. Is is written in native C++ code for high performance and low CPU consumption.
- Paraphonic Synthesizer and Strings sections.
- Up to 64 voices polyphony.
- Synthesizer section:
- Four band-limited frequency divider-driven signal generators.
- Additional noise generator.
- 4-pole zero-delay feedback bandpass/lowpass filter.
- Strings section:
- Two band-limited frequency divider-driven signal generators.
- 2-band equalizer.
- Ensemble effect.
- Flexible pitch/filter modulation by LFO or noise.
- Tweaks (not to be found in the original Delta):
- “GOD Mode” to provide true polyphony.
- Panning for Synthesizer/Strings sections.
- Built-in phaser and delay effects.
- Double precision audio processing.
- All parameters can be controlled by MIDI controllers.
- Plug-in comes in 32 bit and 64 bit versions.
- Fully compatible with SM Pro Audio’s V-Machine™.
The plug-in is available to download as freeware for Windows (VST).
More information: Full Bucket Music / Nabla
Precisionsound has introduced Analog Performer SFX, a suite of electronic sound effects ranging from glitchy blips to screaming rips, noise strikes to harmonic ripples, laughing androids to alien birdcalls, all created with analog hardware.
The library was crafted from exclusive performances by Phil Thornton on his vintage Moog Source synthesiser, complemented by his Korg MS-20/MS-50 modular system and Korg SQ-10 analog sequencer. A bonus suite of remixed effects pushes into further sonic terrain, including sweeps, risers, and hybrid textures.
Precisionsound founder, Lars Westin, said: “Analog Performer SFX will add colour and chaos to your productions. The combination of synth programming and live improvisation gives this library an unmistakable character – hovering between vintage sci-fi and futuristic electronica – that can’t be matched by software synths or computer-based sequencing.”
Phil Thornton is a best-selling ambient artist whose production and performance credits include Sinéad O’Connor, Arthur Brown, Hossam Ramzy, and Expandis.
Analog Performer SFX features
- 385 raw synth sounds (709MB total).
- 155 hybrid remixed sounds (586MB total).
- 1.26GB uncompressed size.
- Individual sounds from 300ms to 1m25sec in duration.
- 44.1kHz 24-bit stereo WAV throughout.
Analog Performer SFX is available to purchase for $49 USD.
More information: Precisionsound / Analog Performer SFX
Soundcells has updated its WaveDrummin’ ReFill to version 3.
With WaveDrummin’ you can combine enchanting and haunting rhythms based on loops and samples from the KORG Wavedrum WD-X and the Impaktor App for iPad.
This ReFill opens doors to percussive bliss that have never been opened before – wether you are a dance producer druling over techno or electro beats or you are a vegetarian ethno guru spiritualist … WaveDrummin will help you getting there.
Version 3 adds REX loops, Kong & ReDrum kits as also combinator patches.
WaveDrummin’ v3 features
- 167 combinator patches.
- 158 REX loops.
- 20 NNXT patches.
- 25 Kong- & 10 ReDrum kits.
The ReFill is available to purchase for 9.90 EUR.
More information: Soundcells / WaveDrummin’
Korg has announced that a faithful recreation of the legendary 1970s ARP Odyssey analog synthesiser is being developed by Korg for release later in 2014.
The ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, Inc. and quickly became famous for its unique rich sound and innovative performance controls. It was a staple for many recording and performing musicians worldwide and was used on countless hit records over many years. The Odyssey was one of the highlights of the ARP company and became a long selling product. With slight updates and improvements it was sold through to 1981.
Korg is also proud to welcome Mr David Friend as our chief advisor on the Odyssey. David Friend established ARP Instruments, Inc. along with Alan Robert Pearlman and is a past president of ARP Instruments, Inc. He was also the lead designer of the original Odyssey in addition to designing or co-designing many other products.
After ARP, Mr Friend became a successful technology entrepreneur. In 2010, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region, he has been a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is now Chairman & CEO of Carbonite, Inc. He has been a trustee of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.
In the last few years, KORG INC. has released several top selling analog synthesizers such as the monotrons series, the monotribe, the volca series and the hugely successful MS-20 mini, a faithful fully analog recreation of the 1978 MS-20. With Korg’s technology capabilities and planning ability for analog synthesizers, and in collaboration with David Friend, we believe the legendary ARP Odyssey will become a “must have” for an all new generation of music makers.
The ARP Odyssey is scheduled for release in September 2014.
More information: Korg
Rhythmic Robot has introduced Lambda, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring the sounds of the Korg Lambda ES50 poly-synthesizer.
Main panel of the Lambda sample library for Kontakt.
The original Lambda, produced in 1979, was a preset-based synthesiser with genuine polyphony, two banks of preset tabs, and some unusual (and musically useful) touches like two filter circuits, one dedicated to the Brass patch; a separate key-click control for the Electric Piano patch; a global filter; and, unusually for its time, a stereo “chorus-phase” effect which output on twin jacks. This stereo effect, plus detunable oscillators in the synth section, gave the Lambda a typically rich, thick analogue sound and made it a coveted classic.
The Rhythmic Robot version builds on the capabilities of the original but allows the user to switch in a “vintage” mode, restricting the software to the hardware’s behaviour, for creating authentic patches. The more modern updates to the original include resonance on the global filter circuit, a full ADSR amp envelope, a dedicated AR envelope for the percussive sounds, a battery of additional vintage-style effects, velocity sensitivity and individual level trims for the preset patches – allowing combinations of sound impossible on the original.
- The rich, fluid tone of the Korg Lambda analogue synthesiser.
- Vintage Mode: absolute authenticity, restricting controls and features to those present on the original hardware.
- Contemporary Mode: advanced flexibility with individual instrument-level control, for sounds not possible on the original.
- 738 24-bit samples of every Lambda tone and all its variations: 2.4Gb total.
- Includes 30 factory presets covering basses, pads, synths and keys.
- Individual control over instrument levels allows sound-blending for rich, luxurious sounds.
- Stereo Chorus-Phase effect sampled from the original machine: lush, swirling and complex.
- A selection of vintage-style effects including Phaser, Leslie speaker, Amp Cab simulator and Reverb.
The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £29.95 GBP (RRP £34.95 GBP). Requires full version Kontakt version 4.2.3 or higher.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Lambda